International French and Cuban Music School latest
"Somehow, being away from home frees you up from the usual hangups about your own playing and makes you more willing to experiment. I learnt a lot of important principles here that stay with me today. Burned into my memory are visions of late night jams and french wine."
Cuban Music School: 6th - 13th February 2016
We will again be in Havana in February for the 13th year of the course.
The celebrated Cuban violinist Omar Puente will be the main tutor on the course.
Omar was the tutor for the first 3 years of the School but was unable to continue due to recording and touring commitments with Courtney Pine.
Omar is a charismatic international musician and educator who brings a Cuban sense of fun and joy to all that he does.
He has performed internationally in classical, Cuban music and jazz contexts including The Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, Ruben Gonzales, Eddie Palmieri, Jools Holland, Nigel Kennedy and many others.
The course is open to instrumentalists and singers of all experience levels and non-players are also welcome.
This year will be the 13th year of the Cuban Music School. We will again be based in the centre of Old Havana - one of the most unique and vibrant cities in the World.
The course will be held in the Gallery des Artes in Old Havana. The Gallery is a 17th Century colonial style building with large and smaller rooms for our music workshops and a large outside courtyard. Its Director and staff are old friends of the School and are very much looking forward to working with us. The Gallery has proved to be a very authentic and attractive performance area with the art exhibitions acting as a backdrop to the musical workshops.
We will be staying in a historic Hotel, centrally located in Old Havana, which can accommodate all the group and provide us with sleeping accommodation, breakfast and evening meals. All rooms are equiped with air conditioning, television and a safe, and there are restaurants, bars and a panoramic terrace.
We can also book in extra night's accommodation before and after the School if people require it.
As well as our daily workshops and final night concert, we will be visiting top music clubs in Havana during the week.
INTERNATIONAL FRENCH JAZZ SUMMER SCHOOL LATEST
8th-15th &/OR 15th-22nd &/OR 22nd - 29th AUGUST 2015
The French Jazz School is already enrolling very well for this coming August. We still have availability for most instruments and singers so please get in touch as soon as possible to reserve your place.